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Company and tech news from the region. Digital Detroit Security Summit planned

The third annual Digital Detroit Business and Technology Security Summit will take place April 13 at Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor. The cost for members of Digital Detroit and its partner organization members is $100. Cost for non-members is $125. The event creates a forum for technology and business managers to discuss the business issues driving security technology and learn about the types of technologies being used to manage some of our most vital information every day. Topics to be covered include: security policy implications of Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404; possible new SEC filing requirements and California SB 1386; protecting trade secrets, how IT plays a vital role; evolving roles of the CISO and CSO; managing intellectual property in collaborative environments; security trends affecting Southeast Michigan; and the technology creating a secure homeland and Michigan’s unique role.

Altogether, the event format consists of keynotes and expert panels. With over 250 attendees, 20 exhibitors and 30 speakers.

IP3, CompTIA award workshop seats

Saginaw-based IP3 Inc., a provider of Internet security education workshops, and CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, are awarding $150,000 in scholarship seats for the 2004 workshop series From Strategy to Reality: Managing Porous Perimeters. The two-day program explores critical security items such as the NIST Guidelines, SANS/FBI Top 20 and the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, wireless deployment, spam, internal theft of intellectual property and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Full and partial scholarships are being awarded for the $795 workshop. Michigan is one of a dozen states IP3 will visit during its 2004 national workshop tour.

Epitec Group launches enhanced site

The Epitec Group, a Detroit-based IT staffing solutions and network services company celebrating 25 years in business, launched its new web site at The site has been redesigned with richer content to better communicate Epitec’s corporate identity and service offering, and reorganized to increase ease of navigation. The new Web site is the most recent manifestation of Epitec’s ability to adapt with the times. After a quarter century in business, Epitec re-evaluated its positioning within the market and underwent a branding change; also, in July, Epitec moved its corporate headquarters from Southfield to Detroit in order to more actively contribute to the resurgence of quality business activity downtown. The Web site was designed by system architect and design firm Creative Logic, LLC, based in Rochester Hills.

New World gains public-safety contract

Troy-based New World Systems Corp. was awarded a $3 million contract for the Minnehaha County and Sioux Falls, S.D., public-safety agencies. New World will install its suite of public-safety management software that does everything from computer-aided dispatch and records management to field reporting.

The new system replaces a 10-year-old system used by the county and Sioux Falls police and fire departments. New World was picked after two years of evaluating software and vendors, according to a New World release.

Odeh to lead Michigan Council of Women in Technology

Kristin Odeh was named president of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology. She replaces Sandy Moore, who is moving to Arizona and had been president of the organization since its inception in 2001. Odeh has served as vice president of the organization over the past year. She is director of global consumer systems at Ford Motor Co.

Compuware, ComponentSource team up

Detroit-based Compuware Corp. has signed a distribution agreement with Atlanta-based ComponentSource that calls for Compuware to provide its development tools to more than 600,000 ComponentSource customers. Through the distribution agreement, ComponentSource becomes a distributor of Compuware’s products such as OptimalJ, DevPartner Java Edition and Compuware DevPartner Studio. ComponentSource has more than 600,000 customers engaged in software development.

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